October 25, 2013

Women in Business Week: Groseclose knows nursing takes care

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


Nursing is a career field almost completely synonymous with women. 

Its practitioners have saved lives for centuries while learning new skills and traits as modern medicine developed.

Vice President of Patient Care Services at Grady Memorial Hospital Cathy Groseclose has built her life around these skills, and over the years she has moved from practicing to an administrative role in the nursing field. 

She said there are times she misses her old job. She spent 20 years of her life caring for others in hospitals, but she finds her current position challenging and fulfilling. 

"You would never think you'd have to know the things you do and the government makes us jump through a lot of hoops to keep up with current regulations," she said.

Raised in Grady County, Groseclose comes from a line of nurses that has extended to her children. She said her job is predominantly physician liaison now, but should she feel the need to step back into her nurse's garb, she'd have no problem making the transition. 

"When I was offered this job, I was told I could still work as a nurse," she said. "I love taking care of people and I know I can put scrubs on and go."

Although knowing she can jump back into nursing gives Groseclose a sense of peace, she doesn't frequently venture into that world. 

"The longer you're out of that position, the more out of your element you feel," she said. 

Unlike other industries, nursing has seen something of a reverse shift when it comes to gender equality.

Groseclose said more men have gotten into the industry over the last decade. 

"Over half my nursing supervisors are male," she said. "They're kind of the pioneers in their own right to be in nursing administration and be male." 

For the moment, Groseclose said she is very happy in her job and doesn't know when or if she'll look for a career change.

"We have revamped quite a bit at the hospital," she said. "We have all had to take on new responsibilities, so I am always challenged."

She does plan to stay in Grady County, though, living on a north Verden farm and caring for the patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.